Denise Davis

Redlands City Council, District 1

Denise was the first out LGBTQ person elected to the Redlands City Council!


Denise Davis was elected to the Redlands City Council in 2018. Her election made history, as she is the first openly LGBTQ person to be elected in Redlands. She has been instrumental in pushing for the groundbreaking $30 million dollar project homekey grant that the City of Redlands received in 2022 to build transitional housing for the unhoused community. She also successfully proposed the utility bill assistance program to help low-income Redlanders with their utility bills. She’s been the author of many “first” procolamations including Pride Month, Transgender Day of Remembrance, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Non-Binary Day, and the Racism is a Public Health Crisis Resolution.

In her full time work, Denise currently serves as the Assistant Director for Advocacy and Institutional Relations within the Office of Government and Community Relations at UC Riverside. She was previously UCR’s Director of the Women’s Resource Center and founded the Persist Women’s Political Engagement Conference in 2017.

She earned her master’s degree in Social and Cultural Psychology from the London School of Economics while there as a Rotary International Scholar. She graduated with her B.A. from the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands. Denise is also a graduate of Emerge California. In 2020, she was appointed to serve as a public member on the Dental Hygiene Board of California, and also on the LGBTQ Leadership Council for Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties.

Related Content